Our Favorite Bedtime Stories

One of my favorite times of the day is bedtime (but maybe not for the reason you think)! Every night we read Aiden a story before bed. Early on we regularly read to him, but at around three months we incorporated it in to his bedtime routine. It is so relaxing to give Aiden his bath and then read him one of his favorite bedtime stories.

bedtime stories aiden reads

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For the first 6 months, or so, Aiden had a very short attention span. We read books that were short, didn’t have a ton of words on the page and that were bright and colorful. Board books were especially helpful because he likes to grab the pages, but is not gentle, so paper pages don’t stand a chance!

Here are some of Aiden’s favorite bedtime stories:

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon– Dada usually reads this one to Aiden. This was the very first book he read to Aiden, and we still read it today. It is basic and takes some imagination to actually make it a story, but it’s also very cute and Aiden loves the pictures of the animals.

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown– This is a classic. I remember reading this as a child, so of course, I had to get it for Aiden. The board book has a lot of sensory details such as black and white pages mixed with bright colors.good night moon

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton– This is another classic. It is a quick easy read and Aiden loves the bright colors of this board book.

I love My Mommy Because…by Laurel Porter Gaylord — This is a really cute board book that incorporates reasons why a baby loves his mommy with animal characteristics.

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak and Caroline Jayne Church— This is one of my favorites to read. I love the story! It is short, easy to read, and is colorful so it captures Aiden’s attention.


The Little Boy Who Lost His Name by David Cadji-Neby and Pedro Serapicos — This is another one of my favorites. It is a personalized book where the little boy character (it would be a girl if you bought this for a daughter) goes on an adventure to find his name. He meets creatures along the way that give him letters which in the end spell out Aiden. It’s a longer book so we read it to him more now that he is a little older. We also read it if we are starting our nighttime routine a bit earlier or if he napped well during the day. Aiden loves this book because I read all the different characters in a different voice and he laughs and laughs.

What are your baby’s favorite bedtime stories?

Every night we read Aiden a story before bed as part of his bedtime routine. Here are some of Aiden's favorite bedtime stories.





About Melissa

Hi, Iā€™m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Tineke F

    We love the going to bed book as well… Next to that some of the Miffy stories and the very hungry caterpillar are our favs!

    • Melissa

      I haven’t heard of Miffy, I will have to check those out. Thanks for the tip!

  • Sumer

    Love bedtime books! We love Goodnight Moon and The Going to Bed Book, too! I’ll have to check out these other recommendations you shared šŸ™‚

    • Melissa

      Thank you Sumer!

  • Vivianna Adams

    We always do bedtime stories. Such a fun part of the routine. Thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa

      It really is and you’re welcome šŸ™‚

  • Emily Music

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I will definitely save these for my toddler. At the moment we are loving llama, llama, red pajama ā¤ļø

    • Melissa

      Yes, I need to check out this Llama book!

  • Suzanne Hines

    I LOVE “I Love you Through and Through”. I cry every time. My toddler doesn’t care for it…probably because I cry every time. Hahaha!

    • Melissa

      Hahahhahaha! I love it so much!

  • Jennifer Hamra

    I’ve been wanting to read the Jimmy Fallon book. My daughter likes Happy Birthday, Moon and Llama Llama Red Pajamas.

    • Melissa

      I keep hearing about LLama Llama. I need to check it out! Happy Birthday, Moon sounds like a good one too šŸ™‚

  • We LOVE “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” My oldest ended up memorizing it because of how often we read it!

    • Melissa

      Eric Carle is the best!! We have the little stroller cards and I am sure we will get the books too!

  • Great suggestions! There are a few on this list we haven’t tried yet!! We will have to check them out šŸ™‚

    • Melissa

      Oh good, I’m glad you got some new ideas! I love learning about new books.

  • Such a great list. My personal favorite is “Love you Forever”. Brings tears to my eyes.
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    • Melissa

      Thanks! I will have to check out Love you Forever!

  • It’s Pam Del

    Both kids love anything Dr Seuss…probably because how long they usually are šŸ˜‰

    Pamela | http://itspamdel.com

    • Melissa

      Oh yes, Dr. Suess books are classics. I can’t wait to read those when my little gets a bit older!

  • Treehouse Threads

    Adorable!! I Love You Through and Through was the book I read to my daughter every night when she was a baby!! Both of my kids loved (and still do) Llama Llama Nighty Night, Sandra Magsamen books, Nancy Tillman books and Love You Forever. The last two make me ugly cry so I reserve those for not as often in the rotation! haha!!

    • Melissa

      I need to check out Llama Llama I keep haring great things about it!

  • Such a lovely tradition and bedtime routine! Reading is very good to young children, but I sometimes cut corners when I’m too tired. You are very dedicated parents! Thanks for partying with us. #RookieParents

    • Melissa

      Thank you Pamela!

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